My daughter, who is in Pre-K, learned a very important lesson in school this month. Her teacher taught her that February is the "month of love." Now, my daughter says it like this, "Feb-rooary is the month of luuuuuuuv," and she makes her fingers form a heart shape as she says it. For those of us who write about love, every month is the month of luuuuuuuv. But this month in particular really stood out as being all about true love.
I have a lot of contact with the Atlanta blues community for another project I'm working on. And I found out that Carlos Capote, who is the front man for a local band called The Breeze Kings, has been in need of a kidney transplant for years. I've never known anyone on a transplant list, but I can imagine that the wait must be agonizing. But there is a way to shorten the process, known as "paying it forward." You can learn more about the "paying it forward" process here.
The miraculous thing is that Carlos did receive his kidney through paying it forward. A donor whom he never met donated her kidney and Carlos' wife donated one of hers to another person on the transplant list. You can see the whole story for yourself here.
Now that's true love. Not only did a complete stranger give up her kidney, but Terri gave up one of hers to help out another. All of the surgeries took place this month, the month of luuuuv. Talk about happily-ever-afters--we writers cannot come up with better endings than this.
Because Terri and Carlos won't be able to work for a while after the surgery, and they have two small children to support, a Fundly account has been established to help them take care of their medical bills at http://fundly.com/capotefamily.
So, let's talk about paying it forward. How do you show love for others--even people you've never met? For every unique comment this blog receives, a dollar will be donated to the Capote family fund.